Emerged from a bit of vacation…

…to the sad news of Hal David’s Saturday passing. Though I never met Hal (would have loved to) I feel like I owe him an apology.

Of course Hal David and Burt Bacharach teamed up for some of the most iconic music of the 60’s and 70’s — they fundamentally wrote a new chapter in The Great American Songbook.

“Walk on By”, “The Look Of Love”, “Promises, Promises”, “A House Is Not A Home”, “There’s Always Something There To Remind Me”, “Alfie”, “Raindrops”… far too many songs to note here.

The reason for my seeking forgiveness from Mr. David?

As often as not upon hearing one of the plethora of wonderful David/Bacharach numbers, I would exclaim, “What a great Burt Bacharach song”. There was no slight intended to be sure, but one was rendered just the same … and for that Mr. David, I am truly sorry.

Like his contemporary Johnny Mercer, Hal David was a rare talent — a true poetic genius that was able to capture powerful emotion and sentiment in his lyrics… and then together with Burt Bacharach those lovely poems were rendered as beautiful songs that both stand iconic for their era (60’s/70’s) and have only gotten better with age.

Many deserving tributes…

…but one of the best I think came from Bill DeMain over at the Performing Songwriter website. “Farewell, Hal David” is a very nice tribute piece wherein Bill captures Hal David’s legacy and includes a very cool slice of a Hal David interview where he share’s insight into his relationship with Burt Bacharach and the songs they created. Please link through and give it a read.

Before you head off to read Bill’s fine work, listen* to this great Steve Tyrell rendition of Mr. David’s poetry (featuring Burt Bacharach on the Piano). Sort of sums up how I feel today … Godspeed Hal David.

“I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” off  Tyrell’s excellent LP: Back to Bacharach

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